Global Compact for Refugees - UNHCR

What is a good practice?

The Global Refugee Forum provides an opportunity for States and other stakeholders to exchange and showcase good practices and experiences, both with respect to specific refugee situations, as well as on a global level.

These good practices illustrate how comprehensive responses envisioned in the Global Compact on Refugees are already transforming the lives of refugees and host communities in many parts of the world.  They are essential in inspiring the international community to develop innovative and impactful contributions in the future that carry the momentum of the Global Compact forward.

A more detailed description of what could be considered a good practice in the context of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Refugee Forum is available here.


How can a good practice be shared?

As of 1 June 2019, good practices may be shared by completing the template for good practices and sending it to

States and other stakeholders are encouraged to send UNHCR their good practices as early as possible in advance of the Global Refugee Forum. This would facilitate their consolidation and presentation in time for the Forum. However, as necessary, good practices may still be sent at any time in advance of or during the Forum.

Good practices can be included below in advance of the Global Refugee Forum. They can also be included in the digital portal for the Global Compact on Refugees, which is currently under development.


What constitutes a good practice?

The considerations below could guide States and relevant stakeholders in the identification of examples of good practice.

Good practices would:

  • Support or facilitate the achievement of the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees
  • Address one or more of the areas of focus for the first Global Refugee Forum, where possible
  • Contribute to burden and responsibility sharing
  • Broaden the support base beyond countries and stakeholders that have traditionally contributed to responses to large-scale refugee situations
  • Respond to identified needs and have tangible benefits for refugees and host communities
  • Be developed and/or implemented in partnership with other stakeholders, including refugees and host populations
  • Take into account age, gender, disability, and diversity considerations
  • Make a sustained, positive difference in the lives of refugees and host communities
  • have the potential to be adapted, replicated, and/or broadened in scale
  • highlight opportunities to maximize the effective and efficient use of resources
  • inspire or form the basis of contributions to be announced at the Global Refugee Forums in 2019 and beyond


Who can share examples of good practice?

  • UN Member States and observer States
  • Relevant stakeholders (such as international organizations within and outside the United Nations system, including those forming part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; other humanitarian and development actors; international and regional financial institutions; regional organizations; local authorities; civil society, including faith-based organizations; academics and other experts; the private sector; media; host community members, and refugees themselves (Global Compact on Refugees, para. 3).


The objectives of the Global Compact are to:

i) ease pressures on host countries; ii) enhance refugee self-reliance; iii) expand access to third country solutions; and iv) support conditions on countries of origin for return in safety and dignity.

The key areas of focus for the first Global Refugee Forum are:

arrangements for burden and responsibility-sharing, education, jobs and livelihoods, energy and infrastructure, solutions and protection capacity.